Basic recipes for Jell-O shots require Jell-O, water and vodka. Jell-O shots require a considerable amount of time to set, so prepare Jell-O shots the night before.
To make Jell-O shots, first place 1/2 cup of vodka and 1/2 cup water in the refrigerator to ensure the both liquids are chilled to the same temperature. Combine the contents of a 3-ounce packet of Jell-O with one cup of boiling water in a glass bowl. Stir gelatin and water away from heat until completely dissolved. Pour chilled water and vodka into the gelatin mixture, and combine well. Pour the liquid evenly into the plastic cups and refrigerate for at least two hours or until completely set. This recipe yields approximately 16 shots if the cups are filled halfway.
Other cocktails can be made into Jell-O shots provided the 1-to-1 ratio of cold water to alcoholic ingredients is maintained. Furthermore, adding food coloring creates richer, more vibrant colors.
Most Jell-O shots are made in plastic 2-ounce ramekins. These can be purchased from online food supply stores such as Webstaurantstore.com or in smaller quantities from local retailers such as Target. Lidded cups are not necessary but may be beneficial for storage and transportation.
The Food Network recipe for lime-shaped margarita gelatin shots combines 1 3-ounce packet of lime-flavored gelatin, 1/2 cup orange liqueur, 1/2 cup chili-infused tequila, 15 limes and kosher salt. Bring 1 cup of water to a boil, add the lime gelatin, and stir until it dissolves. Add the orange liqueur and tequila.
Cut the limes in half, and scoop out the flesh. Place the lime halves in a mini muffin tin. Pour the combined ingredients into each lime. Refrigerate the limes for approximately four hours.
The Cooking Channel's recipe for lychee gelatin shots combines 2 boxes of pineapple-flavored gelatin, 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 cup water, 1 can of lychees in syrup and 1/4 cup light rum. Bring the water to a boil. Add the boiling water to the gelatin and sugar, and stir to dissolve. Add 1 cup of the lychee syrup and the rum to the mixture. Pour the ingredients into small shot glasses. Cut the lychee?s in half, and place one in each shot glass. Allow the ingredients to refrigerate until the gelatin sets.